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Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a £135.6 million (CAN$215 million) procurement, engineering and construction contract.

The deal with mining firm Rudarsko-TopionicarskiBasen Bor Grupa (RTB-Bor) will see SNC-Lavalin modernise the company’s copper smelting complex in eastern Serbia.

The upgrade will include the procurement of a flash furnace and purchasing connected to the development of a sulphuric acid plant and effluent treatment plant. The existing facility’s main process areas will also be improved.

Procurement work has already begun and the project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

RTB-Bor is a Serbian state-owned mining company. The project is part of a wider initiative by its government to improve economic conditions in the region and environmental standards.

When the project is completed, the new facility will provide RTB-Bor with copper anode – a refined copper, which has numerous uses – while reducing liquid and gas emission levels to European standards.

Feroz Ashraf, executive vice-president of the SNC-Lavalin Group said: “We’re pleased to provide world-class expertise in copper and SO2 [sulphur dioxide] capture by supplying leading technology and complete engineering, procurement and construction services for RTB-Bor’s modernisation initiatives.”

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